The EEOC announced that the St. Louis Rams has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit that was filed against the NFL team for firing a veteran trainer, Ron DuBuque, because he has epilepsy.
The Rams will pay $134,000 to settle the lawsuit and has agreed to employ DuBuque as a Rehabilitation Specialist for two years. DuBuque had been an assistant trainer with the Rams for 11 years before he was fired, and he had been diagnosed with epilepsy years before he started working for the NFL team.
EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru said, “As this case and many others show, disability does not mean inability. All employers should make workplace decisions based on merit and qualifications to do the job, rather than on myths, fears, or stereotypes associated with a person’s disability.”
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